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My little fruit hugger

As usual, my Friday is out of control. They always are, especially because my alarm goes off at 3 am on Saturdays!

Couple my whack schedule with my lack of camera, and this has been one challenging week of blogging!

I’m trying not to stalk the UPS guy too hard, but my new camera is on its way, and I think I’ll have it tomorrow. Look out for picture mania, comin’ your way! I can’t wait!

So, I’m keeping this short and sweet today with one of the last pics I have from my dear old camera. :cry:

It’s my Hug-A-Fruit Month photo! :D

See how the diaper even matches? I totally didn’t even do that on purpose…

Happy Friday, everyone!

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I had a conversation about fruit with a coworker today. I say fruit should be hugged in all dishes, both savory and sweet. She said, “No way, fruit is fruit, dinner is dinner.” 

What do YOU say?

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Cloth Diaper Update: Marvels by Kissaluvs

I feel like it’s been forever since my last cloth diaper update!

We’re plugging right along, and I’m still committed to the cloth. It’s so much fun, and there are just SO many adorable diapers out there! I look at new diapers the way I used to look at new handbags! :lol:

It’s so funny to see the reactions I get when I mention it! Here are a few I’ve heard…

“Oh, you’re doing things the old-fashioned way?”

“Ew! What do you do with the…you knowpoop?”

“Not me. I don’t have time for that.”

“Must be nice to have that kind of time.”

Um, yeah. I switched to cloth because I didn’t have enough to do. :roll:

Anyway, in my last update, I was all about the Fuzzibunz. I just love them. They are soft, they fit well, and we’ve now used them for several full nights of sleep (which means about 8 hours in my house) with not a leak in sight. I figure, if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?

Well, because Kelly’s Closet still has coupon codes for free diapers. :D

Is there anything more fun than this at the end of a hard day?

OK, maybe there is, but this is still pretty fun.

So, inside were my 2 new Fuzzibunz, and my surprise Marvels All-in-One One-Size Diaper from Kissaluvs, in a very appropriate blue! (Although I am really not a blue=boy believer. We’re trying to build a collection of all the brighter colors.) 

Hmmm…Kissaluvs. Heard of ‘em, but I didn’t know much. I felt the material…nice and soft. I saw lots of snaps…nice. I noticed these were blue snaps that blended in nicely. The outer layer is 100% PUL, with the inner layer and soaker made of 100% polyester.
I was surprised to see that this new diaper did not come with an extra soaker. Most of the OS diapers I’ve seen seem to come with 2: one smaller and one larger, since the point is to use them on your baby from birth to potty training. But then I looked closer and noticed something different about my new Marvel’s soaker…it’s attached to the diaper! I guess this is so you don’t have to stuff it, or go searching through your laundry pile to match up soakers with the pockets they belong in. I honestly don’t mind stuffing my FB, so this didn’t seem like a necessary feature to me, but I am thinking it might be really convenient if you have a lot of different styles of fluff in your stash, and all your soakers, stuffers and inserts are a little different. Then, it could save you some serious time.

But does it get as clean as the diapers with removable inserts? Yes! And you know why? Because the diaper turns itself inside-out in the washer, so the soaker and the outer cover both get a thorough wash! Really, it works. I don’t know how, but every time I wash mine, it’s inside out at the end of the cycle. Then I just pop it on the clothesline to dry (which does take just a tad longer than my FB, but not much), then I flip it back to outside-in and it’s ready to go! Pretty nifty, I must say.

For anyone who is annoyed by the pad-peek in the back of a FB, you’ll also find this little pocket flap that holds the soaker in…

…whereas the FB lets it pop out the back a little.

I have found, though, that the soaker seems just a bit too long for the diaper, so when I force the end into that flap so it doesn’t show, we get a very puffy bum. (Right at the top, by the waistband…see it?)

Considering how often my boy falls down on that bum, the puff may not be entirely bad…

Here is a side by side (blue Marvel and yellow Fuzzibunz) so you can see the different in width. I’ve heard from some that their FB leak because they are too narrow in the crotch, but I haven’t had a problem with leaks at all. If you do, you might want to try a Marvel, because they are a hair wider.

The elastic on the Marvel feels really strong, and it looks and feels sturdy and durable. That said, at this point, I’m liking the fit of the Fuzzibunz better (especially because they have a unique adjustable elastic system for a personalized leg fit). And I much prefer the tag location on the FB, not that the tag location really matters all that much. The tag on the Marvel just always reminds me of the way it looks when your tag on your t-shirt is sticking out. :razz:

I’m really happy to welcome this diaper into my stash.  Fit is a relative issue, but the functionality seems about equal for both of these diapers—I haven’t had a leak with either! Our new Marvel is serving us very well so far, and it’s in the regular rotation. I’m on the fence, though, for a few reasons:

  • The FB comes with an adjustable elastic system, a replacement elastic to extend the life of the diaper, and an extra soaker.
  • The FB are slightly lower in price, from what I’ve found (correct me on this if I’m wrong.)
  • The FB are available in 15 colors, while the Marvels only offer 6.
  • I really like the fit of the FB (but will it continue to fit that well as my boy grows and changes?)

But the Kissaluvs have the FB beat BY FAR in that they are made in the USA (fabrics, too) by a small, family-owned company that makes it their business to ensure a fair and pleasant work atmosphere. When you consider those points, an extra buck or two doesn’t seem like much (I’m definitely on a tight budget, but I like to feel good about where my dollars go.)  They even donate fabric scraps! Those things are pretty important in my book, so I may consider a few more of these, and I’d love to try some of the other products in the Kissaluvs family (milk pads!!)

Now, if I could just find a diaper that is as cute as my FB, and made like my Kissaluvs, only with natural materials, I’d be set! Until then, I’m pretty darn impressed with the stash I’m building so far. Who knew diapering could be this much fun?!

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On a different note, as much as I’m liking my cloth, I’m having a slight issue with stinkies. I have a front loader, so I’m thinking lack of water might be the issue. I also have well water that has iron, and we have a softener system on it. I am waiting for a sample of Rockin’ Green to arrive so I can rock a soak and see if that works, but I’d love any advice you CD moms can give! I hear natural fibers don’t have this problem as much…

Oh, and if you have any diaper recommendations that you think will work for me, I’d be happy to listen! You mommies (and daddies-you too!) are, by far, my best resource!

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In the market for some new fluff?  How about some Rumparooz? Head over to The Cloth Diaper Whisperer for the Fluff Friday 88 Giveaway! And if you’d like to try Rockin’ Green on your precious stash, head over to Breastfeeding Momma and enter the giveaway!


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Local, seasonal food hits the spot!

It’s been a rough week. The best medicine? Local, seasonal, freshly prepared food from Emma’s Food for Life in Selinsgrove!

You know the conversation…

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know…what do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t care. Whatever you want.”

and so on, and so on…

We were fully engaged in that back and forth last night when we drove by Emma’s and I remembered that I had seen Lemon Quinoa on their specials board outside. I figured it would feature peas and asparagus, because that is what’s in season here right now, and it did.

I just may turn into a pea with the way I’ve been eating lately, but I guess that’s what eating local, seasonal produce is all about, right? If peas are in season, you eat a lot of peas.

So Emma’s it was, and it did not disappoint.

She: Lemon Quinoa (a thick, warm, creamy quinoa in a lemony sauce that reminded me of risotto! Comfort food at its finest. It had lots of greens, peas and asparagus. Sadly, it promised to come with a side of cabbage and beet salad, which was nowhere to be found :( ) It did, however, come with a little green side salad. I chose the lemon tahini dressing (not my favorite, by far )  The husbo chose the cilantro lime dressing, so I stole that :twisted:

Accompanying my dinner is some organic Mother’s Milk tea from Traditional Medicinals…it tastes like strong anise, which I despise, but it came highly recommended and I need the help right now in strengthening my supply. It tasted just a little better in my new W mug (a gift from my thoughtful husband!)

I poached us each a piece of salmon for a little extra sumthin’, and it was pretty tasteless until we realized we could dip it in the dressing. Cilantro Lime Salmon, coming right up!

He: The hus chose the whole wheat fettucine with bacon, peas and asparagus. It was really good…I had a bite with bacon in it, and I wanted to eat the whole thing! I guess there’s just no denying the seductive qualities of bacon. The one bite was enough, though…I don’t plan on becoming a bacontarian.

BIG portion!

 

These dishes didn’t really lend themselves well to pretty pictures, but they were delicious! I inhaled mine. Just what we needed on a night when I was exhausted, still a little concerned about my health, and not wanting to settle for any kind of fast food. (Sadly, we were left with a mountain of styrofoam containers. I was surprised to see that from a restaurant like Emma’s. Surely they could find recycled cardboard…)

Our boy joined in the feast with his new favorite…avocado! I’ve given this to him a couple of times now, and he just devours it! I always seem to have just a little left over whenever I use one, so this will work out perfectly! This was the most perfect avocado I’ve ever cut into (like BUTTAH!) and he said, “Mmmmmm….” with each bite.

Mortared and pestled…

Next time, we combine the ‘cado with a nanner. 

Newsflash: I’ve decided to cave a little on my dairy weirdness and eat some yogurt. I need calories, protein and calcium right now more than ever, and you just can’t beat the nutritients in Greek yogurt, so I looked up my old friend Fage….

This sucker comes with a lot of honey! I amped it up with a little Granbiotics granola and some walnuts…

I had forgotten how good this stuff is…

I’d go so far as to call this the perfect bite!

I guess a little yogurt now and then won’t hurt anything. But no fruity-bottomed ones, and you won’t catch me with a glass of milk in this lifetime, either…

Now, off to get groceries and skedaddle home to my boys. Last time I was in the store, I heard Jive Talkin’! I hope there’s a fun playlist today…I love grocery shopping!

Have a great Sunday, all!

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What’s in season now where you live? Have you had your fill of it yet?

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